Color and Meaning: Art, Science, and Symbolism / Edition 1

Color and Meaning: Art, Science, and Symbolism / Edition 1

by John Gage
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520226119

ISBN-13: 9780520226111

Pub. Date: 08/01/2000

Publisher: University of California Press

Is color just a physiological reaction, a sensation resulting from different wave lengths of light on receptors in our eyes? Does color have an effect on our feelings? The phenomenon of color is examined in extraordinary new ways in John Gage's latest book. His pioneering study is informed by the conviction that color is a contingent, historical occurrence whose…  See more details below

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Is color just a physiological reaction, a sensation resulting from different wave lengths of light on receptors in our eyes? Does color have an effect on our feelings? The phenomenon of color is examined in extraordinary new ways in John Gage's latest book. His pioneering study is informed by the conviction that color is a contingent, historical occurrence whose meaning, like language, lies in the particular contexts in which it is experienced and interpreted. Gage covers topics as diverse as the optical mixing techniques implicit in mosaic; medieval color-symbolism; the equipment of the manuscript illuminator's workshop; the color languages and color practices of Latin America at the time of the Spanish Conquest; the earliest history of the prism; and the color ideas of Goethe and Runge, Blake and Turner, Seurat and Matisse.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520226111
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
08/01/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
661,056
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 10.25(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction7
1The Contexts of Colour11
2Colour and Culture21
3Colour in Art and its Literature34
4Colour in History - Relative and Absolute67
5Colour-words and Colour-patches90
6Ghiberti and Light98
7Color Colorado - Cross-cultural Studies in the Ancient Americas105
8The Fool's Paradise121
9Newton and Painting134
10Blake's Newton144
11Magilphs and Mysteries153
12Turner as a Colourist162
13'Two Different Worlds' - Runge, Goethe and the Sphere of Colour169
14Mood Indigo - From the Blue Flower to the Blue Rider185
15Chevreul between Classicism and Romanticism196
16The Technique of Seurat - A Reappraisal209
17Seurat's Silence219
18Matisse's Black Light228
19Colour as Language in Early Abstract Painting241
20A Psychological Background for Early Modern Colour249
21Making Sense of Colour - The Synaesthetic Dimension261
Acknowledgments270
Notes to the Text271
Select Bibliography306
List of Illustrations312
Index315

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